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The Right of Nonuse$
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Jan G. Laitos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386066.001.0001

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The Nature of Nature

The Nature of Nature

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(p.3) 1 The Nature of Nature
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The Right of Nonuse
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Jan G. Laitos

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386066.003.0001

This chapter begins by setting out the book's three central arguments. First, it asserts that the planet Earth is in trouble. It notes that there is growing evidence that nature, consisting of living organisms, natural resources, and environmental goods, is experiencing extinction, exhaustion, and pollution at an alarming rate. Second, the book argues that, by and large, humans have been unsuccessful in reversing or even slowing this trend. Third, it suggests that policy makers and lawmakers should, and ultimately will need to, recognize and legitimate the intrinsic, nonanthropomorphic value of nature and its many resources when not used by humans. The discussion then turns to the reasons why legal and institutional responses have failed to address serious threats to natural and environmental resources.

Keywords:   nature, environment, extinction, exhaustion, pollution

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